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1987 And All That: Mister Miracle Special #1

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Mister Miracle Special #1 (DC) by Mark Evanier, Steve Rude, Mike Royer, Anthony Tollin, Todd Klein, Richard Bruning, Robert Greenberger

MrMiracle_1There’s something very comforting about Mister Miracle Special #1. It’s fun yet unremarkable, and takes itself exactly as seriously as it deserves. A lot of story gets packed in, but so much of it is so goofy and/or low-stakes, it ends up being airy overall. While some sections fall flat, most of the book is successfully zany, and there are even some legitimate superheroics in a couple of scenes. It’s hard to do something this feel-good without it becoming saccharine, but this is just sweet enough not to be off-putting, a nice, simple story about two super-people in love working on their relationship.

At the beginning of the comic, Mister Miracle/Scott Free is getting back into death-defying escapes, like being locked in a safe that is dropped from a plane, which his wife Big Barda is not happy about. She understandably doesn’t like to watch her husband willingly put his life on the line, but Scott loves escaping and is having a hard time giving it up. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 284: Steve Rude, Part 4 – Dark Horse Presents #34

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Rude, and the story is “Nexus: Into the Past, Chapter 10″ in Dark Horse Presents #34, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated March 2014. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 283: Steve Rude, Part 3 – World’s Finest #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Rude, and the issue is World’s Finest #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 282: Steve Rude, Part 2 – Vanguard Illustrated #2 and GrimJack #6

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Rude, and the stories are “Sales Call, Part Two” in Vanguard Illustrated #2 and “Munden’s Bar” in GrimJack #6, the first of which was published by Pacific Comics and is cover dated January 1984 and the second of which was published by First Comics and is cover dated January 1985. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 281: Steve Rude, Part 1 – Nexus #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Rude, and the issue is Nexus (volume 1) #1, which was published by Capital Comics and is cover dated November 1981. These scans are from the trade Nexus: As It Happened, which was published by Rude Dude Productions in 2009. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist archive!

Here is a listing of all the artists featured in my daily posts, “Year of the Artist.” Easy-peasy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for April 2013

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“And for a while things were cold / They were scared down in their holes / The forest that once was green / Was coloured black by those killing machines”
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Comic Book Cover Easter Eggs!

Every week, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke
that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

This week, all the easter eggs are from comic book covers!

Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for December 2012

I think this way of reviewing the many trades and older stuff I get is good, so I will continue doing so. I hope it’s good for all of you!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 30: World’s Finest #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from World’s Finest #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated 1990. Enjoy!
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